No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

If you’re a reader of other blogs, you’ll quickly realize that some of the most popular posts are those that focus on “hacks” or “DIY versions” of famous-store items. Truth be told, I rarely do those kinds of posts…simply because I never shop at places like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Anthropologie. Sure, they’ve got gorgeous stuff each and every season, but Jon and I prefer our eclectic collection of odd, quirky, and cool stuff found anywhere but the mall.

BUT, I’m making an exception in this case. Sometime around Christmas of 2015, I picked up a big brassy-glass chandelier light cover at my local Habitat ReStore.

Outdated brass chandelier light fixture from Habitat ReStore for DIY metalwork hurricane by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The light fixture that started it all…

It sat, quasi-forgotten, in our garage for a few months. And then one day, I saw an advertisement for Anthropologie showcasing these metalwork hurricanes- which immediately reminded me of my $3 purchase collecting dust in the garage.

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane with an old brass chandelier light fixture / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, lookie there- I could make my own on the cheap!

And so here we are- recreating Anthro’s idea. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

One of the things I loved about Anthro’s hurricanes was that they were rose-gold in color. I figured I could probably recreate it- at least somewhat- with some coppery metallic spray paint. So, I grabbed some painter’s tape (my favorite kind!), my trusty old utility knife, and taped off the outside glass panes.

Going from brass to copper rose gold / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Preppin’ for paint…

Inside my light cover/hurricane-to-be, I put little pieces of tape over the holes on the top (light cover) or bottom (hurricane), depending on how you look at it! And I also applied one strip of tape to the inside glass, right along the open lip.

Painting a brass chandelier light fixture for DIY metalwork hurricane / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Covered up holes

Painting a brass chandelier light fixture for DIY metalwork hurricane / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And a small bit of tape on the inside- just at the very top.

Now, I was almost ready to spray paint! But wait- how to block the paint from getting on the inside glass but still allowing paint coverage on the top of the open lip?

Hmmmm…

So, I decided on a very technical, very precise method…using a BALLOON!

It’s crazy! But it also worked- with the addition of a torn up paper towel rolled and tucked into each corner of the hexagon…it absolutely prohibited the first coat of metal primer…

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a vintage brass chandelier light fixture / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m like a McGuyver for crafts…

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a vintage brass chandelier light fixture / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it when my crazy ideas work out beautifully.

And then the Rust-Oleum copper spray paint (kinda, sorta rose-goldish) from getting on the interior glass!

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a repurposed upcycled vintage brass chandelier or light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

To recreate Anthro’s “fireflies in a hurricane” look, I found these awesome little LED lights- teeny tiny lights on copper wire…quite literally, the perfect match for my hurricane!

LED lights for a DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a repurposed upcycled vintage brass chandelier or light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A match made in DIY heaven.

And then it was time to see it at night…first during dusk…

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a repurposed upcycled vintage brass chandelier or light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oooh…

And then at night!

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a repurposed upcycled vintage brass chandelier or light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ahhh!

I don’t know about you, but I’d call this a success! I just LOVE how it looks- day and night- and what a great way to reuse an outdated light fixture cover. But I do promise I’ll go back to original ideas in my next post…

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Wow, it’s just like the one in the catalog and about a tenth of the price…you go girl!

  2. Love this!!! I am now on the hunt for a similar light fixture.

  3. Love it. So cute. I am not craft mind but appreciate what others do.

  4. Love that balloon idea. I need to use it for a project of my own. Pinning and sharing.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, my friend! It’s crazy but it works like a charm. And with this particular project, I could push it back in to the fixture when I flipped it over to paint the bottom…and then gently tugged it back up again. It’s pretty darn smart, if I do say so myself. 😉

  5. ♥ You are so clever!!!

  6. frugalcleanandgreen says:

    That is so pretty. I didn’t know there were tiny leds like that. Those are just what I need to do a project with a Mason jar and accessories that I won when I first started blogging a year ago. (Different blog than what I have now) Saying “HI!” from This Is How We Roll
    Kristine 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      That’s why I included an Amazon (affiliate) link!! They are just the most amazing things…I ordered four sets/boxes and can’t wait to use them in all sorts of projects. 🙂

  7. Love the lights where on earth did you find them at ?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      If you scroll up the post, I included an Amazon (affiliate) link to the exact lights I ordered. They are FANTASTIC…I ordered 4 sets!!!

  8. Sarah you clever and crafty girl! What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  9. Clap clap clap clap clap clap

  10. Awesome job! Visiting you from Vintage Charm.

  11. I call it success too – clapping hands over here! I love your clever MacGyver, would have never thought to use a balloon. If one didn’t know, you’d think you bought yours at Anthropologie.

  12. Love this idea!!

  13. I love this, it looks magical!

  14. Awesome project! I’ve seen fixtures like that before and always gave them a pass. I might have to pick one up next time. I especially love the way it looks with your tiny light string inside.

  15. Sarah, this is beautiful! I love that new color and it looks so great all little up. Great save!

  16. This looks really cool! I love ideas like this!

  17. A balloon? How brilliant! Love this!!!

  18. Absolutely beautiful! I am confused on the balloon part though haha. Maybe I will have to reread this once my mind is not occupied at work 🙂

  19. I love the repurpose! It looks super and oh wow, perfect in the garden! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #3 Sarah! Have a lovely weekend!

  20. GORGEOUS!!!! What a fun upcycle. That lamp is whispering “thank you” for saving it from its brassy look. I love the ReStore, too. So many random things under one roof.

  21. It is just magical! Great work!

  22. Wow, this turned out just like the ones from Anthropology. My wife would love it.

  23. This looks wonderful. I was wondering though on how you hid the battery pack?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Remember the holes that I taped over early in the tutorial? I threaded my lights through the center hole and the tiny battery pack is hidden outside of it! I just love these lights. 🙂

  24. Kathy Drew says:

    I don’t see a cord for the lights. Are they electric or battery?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      They are battery-powered. Remember the holes that I taped over early in the tutorial? I threaded my lights through the center hole and the tiny battery pack is hidden outside of it! I just love these lights. 🙂

  25. So cute, I love the look of those little lights. You did a great job.

  26. Christina in FL says:

    Sarah, it looks like a beautiful collection of fireflies. I adore your creative use of a balloon ~ brilliant!
    As for Habitat for Humanity ReStore … where I am in FL, they have “resale” shops (which are just like a thrift store and high prices) and the other construction stores which have a sad selection.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      What part of Florida? I lived in Fort Myers for a few years, and then West Palm/Boca for many, many years! You might need to road-trip to a ReStore sometime. 😀

      • Christina in FL says:

        Sarasota…. I will definitely carve out several Habitat stores for a road trip. 🙂 Thanks!!

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          Girl, you’ve got a couple of ReStores in Sarasota!! (which is a lovely little town- I used to meet up with my Tampa girlfriends there when I lived in Fort Myers): http://habitatsrq.org/restore/restore-locations/

          • Christina in FL says:

            Oh yes, if you want to pay for used stuff at new stuff prices in their “restore” thrift stores (think sofas, chairs, china) and their construction type of stuff store is half used cans of paint for nearly the price of a new can of paint. Maybe my expectations are too high.

          • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

            Oh, sorry, I misread it- thought you were indicating that there were no ReStores in your area. Sorry!

  27. It’s official, I’m in love with this project You did a beautiful job on the project and tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  28. Karen cook says:

    Love your finished project. Will be on Amazon tomorrow to order the lights. Beautiful!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Karen! I bought a few boxes, LOL, because they’re so awesome! (There are two in my finished project)

  29. This is so much fun! Great job, Miss Sarah. You are one smart redoer. Is that a word? 🙂

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

  30. What a cool upcycle, and how clever are you to use a balloon to block the opening?!! Love this project. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

  31. Aren’t you clever? What a great idea and on a budget too. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  32. How beautiful! You did an amazing job!

  33. You are my hero!

  34. Love the idea you have for repainting the brass.

  35. I simply adore it! It looks like fireflies in jar.

  36. This is an absolutely gorgeous project! I love everything about it. What a genius idea to use a light! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

  37. This is absolutely beautiful! One of my favorite things to do is up-cycle decor for our house! This is a stunning DIY job! 🙂

  38. Wow! What an amazing transformation! I am not a big “hack” person either, but you really did a fantastic job with this one, and I can’t believe it was just $3 for the base you started with. The balloon trick…very creative! I have pinned this one and really appreciate you sharing it over at Celebrate Your Story!

  39. Sarah, This is one of those repurpose ideas that make people go – hey, why didn’t I think of that? Love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    Laurie

  40. This is GORGEOUS, well done!

  41. Pinned and shared! This is an absolutely amazing piece, thanks for sharing!

    I would love it if you would share this at my weekly linky party : )

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-004/

  42. Oh my GOODNESS!!! This is beyond amazing. Truly. I want to go thrifting NOW to find my own ugly brass light fixture so I can transform it into this! Simply stunning. Great job! 😀

  43. That is beautiful. I want to make one. The balloon was brilliant – I appreciate that you shared that.

  44. OH my goodness…this is SO neat!

    I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  45. Christine @ Must Love Home says:

    Loved your project!!You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to facebook! Congratulations -Your post will be featured this week at the Friday Favorites Link Party. The party goes LIVE on Thursdays at 7PM at mustlovehome.com I hope to see your there! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home PS If you have a moment, please stop by our Wonderful Wednesday party to link up your post and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway!

  46. Love hour your DIY hurricane turned out. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & shared. See you again soon!

  47. natashalh says:

    Great tip about the balloon and paper towels! Pinning. =)

  48. Yesss! This totally kicks butt. Basically my favorite Anthro inspired makeover ever. Gotta keep my eyes open for those old brass lights!

  49. Sarah!!! You have gone and done it again! Just brilliant! I see these fixtures all the time! I love the balloon idea! I’ve got to try this! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

  50. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Creative Ways Link Party.

  51. this is so cool! thanks for sharing 🙂 pinned it!

    stop by and chat ♥ http://storybookapothecary.com

  52. Wow, what a transformation! I love it. I love the Restore too but I would probably have passed right by that light because of the gold! How pretty to have that at night.

  53. I love your hurricane! It’s been picked as a feature this week at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!

  54. Sarah, this lantern is completely insane! I’ll take 12… seriously cool! Featured you on Party Junk this weekend. 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Ya know…I wouldn’t mind a few more of them myself! Can you imagine hosting a midsummer night’s dinner party, with one of these on each table? Of course, I don’t want to deal with all that work, so I’d rather just ATTEND a party like that…but I could supply the lights. 😉 Thank you!! (for everything) and See you soon!

  55. I am so looking forward to your DIY show! Honestly I don’t think I would have lasted past the taping stage. This is beautiful and it’s a great addition to our line up at Celebrate Your Story.

  56. Just found your site! Love it and will share lots of your ideas! Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

  57. What a fantastic trick with that balloon! Thanks so much for sharing!

  58. Crystal @whattreasuresawait says:

    I just love it when those thrifted treasures finally find their purpose…this turned out great! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays. I always enjoy your posts!!

  59. Good Morning!! I wanted to stop by and let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by this morning to see you post linked up and to grab your Featured Button too! ~Lisa~

  60. But, what happened to the red bandana site?

  61. Melissa says:

    Hi there. Any tips on how to get the lights to stay in place and not all fall to the bottom? I got two strands, and I’m having a hard time getting them to stay towards the top.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hmmm- with mine, the copper wire is stiff enough that they just kind of stay “up” on their own. I straightened them out before pushing into my lantern, maybe that would help?

  62. Althea Bennett says:

    Hi Sadie, I just found your website and don’t know how I got here….via, via, via…and here you are! Oh, I just looked back and your blog came to my email via “Hometalk.” Yes!!
    This Hurricane Lamp is gorgeous and I think I can do this. Thank you for “all the clear” steps in making your items including your pictures and links. Looks like I’ll be here awhile……..:)

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Althea- I hope you stuck around!! 🙂 I do all kinds of upcycling and repurposing projects.

  63. Such a creative project. Your lantern looks like s thousand fireflies. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  64. Turned out great! Love it!!!

  65. Fabulous work!

  66. I love this – gotta try it! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  67. This project is amazing! Such a simple yet brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up Party. Have a great week!

  68. Grace Edmonson says:

    Awesome!!! I love the simplicity and beauty!

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